OT Travel Itinerary: A Guide To Spending The Perfect 4 Days In Wayanad

From the natural locations to local food spots and major heritage monuments and sites, explore Wayanad thoroughly with our 4-day itinerary
An aeral view of a river in Wayanad, Kerala
An aeral view of a river in Wayanad, KeralaShutterstock

Wayanad is a serene district situated in the Western Ghats of Kerala. It is well-known for its lush landscapes, dense forests, and varied biodiversity. The region comprises tea, coffee, and spice plantations, creating a magnificent view of rolling hills and misty mountains. The district is a haven for nature enthusiasts, as it houses a diverse range of wildlife in its wildlife sanctuaries and reserves, including elephants, tigers, and rare bird species. Wayanad also boasts many fascinating historical sites, such as the Edakkal Caves, which feature ancient rock engravings, and the Wayanad Heritage Museum, which showcases the region's indigenous culture. Visitors can indulge in trekking to Chembra Peak, exploring waterfalls like Soochipara, and enjoying the peaceful beauty of Wayanad's countryside. To explore this tranquil haven thoroughly, we have curated a 4-day itinerary striking the perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure and cultural exploration. Take a look at the agenda and plan your trip accordingly to this green paradise.

Day 1: Discover Kalpetta and Edakkal Caves


Inside the Edakkal Caves
Inside the Edakkal CavesShutterstock

Start your day by visiting the Edakkal Caves, around 25 km from Kalpetta. The two natural caves are in the Wayanad district and are located 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala. These ancient caves showcase remarkable Neolithic rock engravings dating back to 6,000 BCE, depicting human and animal figures. The hike to the caves offers stunning views of Wayanad's rugged terrain.


After exploring the caves, head back to Kalpetta for lunch at a nostalgic restaurant from the 1980s. Enjoy traditional Kerala cuisine such as Malabar biryani, fish curry, and appam with stew.


Inside the Wayanad Heritage Museum
Inside the Wayanad Heritage MuseumShutterstock

In the evening, head out to the Wayanad Heritage Museum in Ambalavayal. This museum is home to a wide collection of artefacts and relics that showcase the region's rich history, including tribal artefacts, ancient weapons, and pottery. One of the museum's main highlights is its focus on the unique heritage of the indigenous Adivasi communities, such as the Kurichiyas, Paniyas, and Kurumbas. Here, visitors can explore an extensive range of traditional tribal artefacts, including ancient weapons, jewellery, agricultural tools, and even traditional costumes. You can learn about the indigenous tribes of Wayanad and their cultural practices during your visit to the museum.

Address: Ambalavayal, Kerala, 673593, India

Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees: INR 50 per person

Day 2: Trekking and Waterfalls


A view of the Chembra Peak, Wayanad
A view of the Chembra Peak, WayanadShutterstock

Embark on a trek to Chembra Peak, the highest mountain in Wayanad. The peak stands at a height of 6,890 ft and is located near the town of Meppadi, about 8 km south of Kalpetta. The 4 km trek to the summit begins through tea plantations, and the mountain climbs for approximately an hour, reaching a heart-shaped lake on the way. This lake is called Hridayasaras or Heart Lake and is known for never drying up. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and various natural bodies near the summit.


After completing your tiring trek, head to Kalpetta for a satisfying lunch. Try the traditional Kerala meals at Jubilee Restaurant, which is famous for its authentic and delicious flavours. You can try Puttu and Kadala Curry, Appam with Stew, Idiyappam or Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu to get a taste of the real Kerala flavour.


The cascading Soochipara Waterfalls of Wayanad
The cascading Soochipara Waterfalls of WayanadShutterstock

After completing the trek and having lunch, you can visit the beautiful Soochipara Waterfalls and enjoy the scenic beauty. If time permits, you can also explore Meenmutty Waterfalls nearby, which is known for its spectacular cascade amidst dense forests.

Day 3: Wildlife Sanctuary and Tea Plantations


The Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel inside the Wayanad Wildlife SanctuaryShutterstock

On your third day of the trip, visit the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a 344.44 square kilometre wildlife sanctuary comprising two discontinuous areas, Muthanga in the south and Tholpetty in the north, and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Take a guided safari through the sanctuary to spot elephants, deer, bison, and a variety of bird species. Learn about the region's diverse flora and fauna.

Address: Thirunelli Pakshipathalam Trek, Pothumoola, Panavally, Kerala, 670646, India

Timings: 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Entry Fees: INR 20 per person


For lunch, head out to Coffee Grove Restaurant, which is situated near Sultan Bathery. They serve delicious local Kerala dishes infused with unique spices and flavours native to the region. The restaurant is located amidst a sprawling 101-hectare coffee and pepper plantation. It is situated just 3 km away from National Highway 766, 5 km from Pookode Lake, and 9 km from Lakkidi View Point.

Address: M62X+PWH, Manichira, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673595


Later in the evening, explore the lush tea plantations in Kalpetta. Tour a tea factory and learn about tea processing while enjoying a refreshing cup of Wayanad tea. Take a stroll through the tea gardens and soak in the serene atmosphere.

Day 4: Cultural Exploration and Shopping


A view of the Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery
A view of the Jain Temple at Sulthan BatheryShutterstock

Start your last day of the trip with a visit to the Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery. This historic temple is known for its intricate architecture and cultural significance to the Jain community. The Bathery Jain Temple Wayanad was built under the Vijayanagara Empire during the 13th century CE. It served as an important Jain centre and place of worship during the peak of Jainism in Wayanad. Later on, as the Hindu religions of Shaivism and Vaishnavism gained popularity, the temple became a significant centre for their activities. During the 18th century, when Tipu Sultan ruled the Kingdom of Mysore, he used this temple as an ammunition store. The temple also housed some of his armies.

Address: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala, 673592, India

Timings: 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm


When in Kalpetta, head to Udupi Restaurant for delicious local Kerala delicacies. Don't miss out on the Kerala thali, a platter of various vegetarian dishes served with rice.

Address: Green Land Nagar, near Indian Bank ATM, Green Land Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala 673121


Towards the end of your trip, explore Kalpetta's local markets for spices, tea, and handicrafts. Visit Uravu, a bamboo crafts centre, to see artisans at work and purchase unique souvenirs.

Getting There

Air: Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode is the nearest airport to Wayanad.

Rail: You can reach Wayanad by train through the railway station near Wayanad which is Kozhikode located 110 km away.

Road: Wayanad is well-connected through good roads from nearby states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. You can hire a private car or take state transport buses from cities like Bengaluru, Mysore, Kochi, Mangalore, Trivandrum and Chennai, which run directly to Kozhikode or Wayanad.

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